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Disaster risk reduction

The mountainous Badakshan province is particularly prone to natural hazards, such as earthquakes, flash floods, drought, landslides and avalanches.



As 70% of Badakshan’s population is cut off from road connection during wintertime, and some villages are so for as long as six months a year, the goal is for villages to be self-sufficient in both preparing for and responding to natural hazards when disaster hits their village. Local ownership and participation is therefore a key element of all disaster preparedness.  When assessing risks in an area, NAC experts begin with a rapid assessment of a village and its environs, locating potential risk factors. In cooperation with village elders and those who know the area best, NAC’s experts are able to map natural hazards and construct a response plan.

Photo: Farshad Tami - Temporary dam in Faryab Province.NAC’s disaster risk reduction activities cover many fields, but training and capacity building are a common feature of them all. The local population regularly trains in responses to disaster: searching for victims, rescuing them out of house ruins and giving first aid. In addition, local men were taught how to build earthquake-resistant houses. A test building constructed in each village will serve as a stockpile warehouse for emergencies; housing emergency rations, rescue and first aid equipment.  

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